More often we hear about searches regarding top officials than about their verdicts. Cases are forwarded into “right” courts, and evidence disappears.
Mykola Romanchuk, former official from Mykolaiv, is still not jailed, though detectives found a network of underground tunnels in his house filled with gold and antiques.
Or former Deputy Prosecutor of Rivne region and a ‘part-time member of amber mafia’ Andriy Borovyk. Ironically, while trials are ongoing, he defended a thesis on “Special types of exemption from criminal responsibility for corruption offences.”
Officials who have escaped from responsibility during the rule of Yanukovych: former Minister of Justice Oleksandr Lavrynovych and his successor Olena Lukash. Member of Parliament Yevhen Bakulin is currently wanted for being a subject of “Boyko’s tower” case.
It is noteworthy that almost the only ones who have not yet managed to escape from the prosecution are persons detained in March, namely the Head of Prisoners Release Center Volodymyr Ruban and Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko.
Unfortunately, in other cases law enforcement officers react not so promptly and decisively. Ukrayinska Pravda tells more about the loudest detentions of top officials who, despite serious charges, are still not jailed.
Member of Parliament
Detained: In September 2015 the SBU staff took him out of Verkhovna Rada in front of dozens of cameras
Accused of: Bribery, hooliganism, threats, etc.
Results: The case is closed; he conducts usual parliamentary activity
“I will cover you with the help of police and the SBU. PGO is not possible so far.”
That’s what MP Ihor Mosiychuk said. In September 2015, former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin demonstrated in the Verkhovna Rada a video from the hidden camera, where Mosiychuk demands and receives a bribe worth 100,000 UAH for assistance in business activity. At one of the episodes, MP promises a third person assistance regarding extraction at the mine.
Former Head of the State Fiscal Service
Detained: NABU detectives handed him a notice of suspicion in Feofaniya hospital
Accused of: Participation in Onyshchenko’s gas fraud scheme; state losses amount to 2 billion UAH
Results: Trials are ongoing; he is not in jail now and tries to be reinstated in position
Former Head of the Committee of Parliament on Fuel and Energy Complex
Detained: In April 2017, NABU detectives and SAPO prosecutors took him out of the building in Klovskyi Descent in Kyiv
Accused of: Abuse of office, creation of criminal organization; state losses – 17,28 million USD
Results: Trials are postponed; he is not jailed and regularly is the subject of journalistic investigations
Martynenko was detained on suspicion of embezzlement of money of state enterprise Eastern Mining and Processing Plant.
“State enterprise did not have the right to announce competition for purchase of uranium, but conducted it. The Austrian company won the competition, however, it was not extracting uranium. Money was transferred from the state enterprise to the company in Austria whose beneficiaries are our suspects,” explained Nazar Kholodnytskyi, the Head of the SAPO.
Ihor Pavlovskyi and Volodymyr Gulevych
Top officials of the Ministry of Defense
Detained: In October 2017 by NABU detectives in Kyiv
Accused of: Embezzlement of state funds, state losses – 149 million UAH
Results: Trials are ongoing, both are not jailed; Pavlovskyi works in the Ministry of Defense
In October last year, NABU detectives detained four people regarding the case of corrupt schemes of purchasing fuel for the army. Two top officials of the Ministry of Defense were presented the suspicion: Deputy Minister, Lieutenant General Ihor Pavlovskyi, and Director of Department for State Procurement and Supply Volodymyr Gulevych.
Son of the Head of Ministry of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov
Detained: On October 31, 2017 by NABU detectives in Kyiv
Accused of: Embezzlement of 14 million UAH for the purchase of backpacks for the National Guard
Results: The case is closed; NABU is trying to appeal it
How did it begin? The Ministry of Internal Affairs has decided to purchase backpacks for the army with the help of negotiation procedure. The contracts were concluded with two winners – Dniprovend LLC (5,000 backpacks worth 14,49 million UAH) and individual entrepreneur Plygachov (1,000 backpacks worth 2,1 million UAH).
According to NABU information, backpacks were purchased at overestimated prices, and money that the Ministry of Internal Affairs transferred to Dniprovend, was later transferred to fictitious firms.
Case of Rozenblat and Polyakov
Members of Parliament; Rozenblat is a member of Poroshenko’s Block, Polyakov is a member of Narodnyi Front
Detained: Suspicions were announced on July 13, 2017 after NABU’s special operation
Accused of: received bribes and submitted amendments in the legislation on amber extraction
Results: Trials are ongoing; both are not jailed and regularly report from Verkhovna Rada
Last summer, the SAPO stated that Members of Parliament Boryslav Rosenblat and Maksym Polyakov demanded a bribe for amber extraction in Ukraine.
Mass detentions of former officials of the Ministry of Revenues and Duties
Detained: 400 searches in 15 regions, 52 suspects, detainees were sent to Kyiv by helicopters
Accused of: Participation in criminal organization, state losses – 104 billion UAH
Results: In fact, none of the subjects of the case is in jail
Airport Kyiv, May 24, 2017. There are dozens of television cameras in front of the military terminal, the territory is occupied with security forces. Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios personally meets the detainees who are delivered by helicopters from 15 regions of Ukraine.
“This is the largest anti-corruption operation in the country”, – tells the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov about this day.
Mayor of Odesa
Detained: At Boryspil airport on February 14, 2018, after the return from Warsaw
Accused of: Embezzlement of property, overvaluation of works on reconstruction of roads, etc.
Results: Trial is ongoing; stays at the position of Mayor and may travel abroad
NABU suspects Trukhanov and his associates in embezzlement of property according to the scheme, which caused state losses worth 185 million UAH. It concerns the building of Odessa factory “Krayan”.
Also, Trukhanov is suspected of conspiracy with businessmen Borys Kaufman and Oleksandr Granovskyi regarding the privatization of Odessa airport and overvaluation of works on reconstruction of roads.
Former leader of UKROP party
Detained: During a special operation in Dnipropetrovsk on October 31, 2015
Accused of: Kidnapping of people, theft of property, guidance of a criminal organization and appropriation of funds
Results: Received 1,5 years of suspended prison sentence, lives in Dnipro
At first Korban was under house arrest in Dnipro, and at the end of 2015, Dniprovskyi District Court of Kyiv put him in jail. However, after series of scandalous court trials in the middle of March 2016, Korban was again put under house arrest in Dnipro.
Serhii Bochkovskyi and Vasyl Stoyetskyi
Head of State Emergency Service and his deputy
Detained: In March 2015 during live government meeting
Accused of: Extortion, state losses – about 6,6 million UAH
Results: Trials are ongoing; both reinstated in positions
According to investigation, Bochkovskyi and Stoyetskyi organized a corruption scheme for tender procurement of fuel.
On March 28, Pechersk District Court of Kyiv arrested both of them for two months with the right to make a bail. In a few days, former Head of the Service and his deputy paid a bail worth 1,82 million UAH each and they were released.
Two months ago, the process of creation of Anticorruption Court was launched in Ukraine. There was a hope that cases of above-mentioned heroes would not gather dust for years in loyal courts and would be properly investigated.
Euphoria of the adopted law quickly became a disappointment. The document contained an unexpected provision. It stated: appeals regarding NABU cases, which courts are already considering, will be appealed in courts of general jurisdiction, and not in the Anticorruption Court.
The law has been amended under pressure of the United States and the IMF. But society must be extremely careful and demanding. The story with amendment proves that some forces are ready to do everything to avoid punishment.
Kateryna Yesmanova, for the Ukrayinska Pravda